TWO more men have been charged after a Gold Coast school was badly damaged by a ferocious fire last year.
Just before 11.00pm on Monday 25 April 2016, emergency services were called to St Andrews Lutheran College on Tallebudgera Creek Road following reports of a large blaze.
Upon arrival, fire crews found the building well alight. They managed to extinguish the flames, however the building sustained extensive damage.
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Following a 19-month investigation, a 20-year-old Mermaid Beach man was charged with two counts of arson last month, relating to the school fire and a playground fire near Tallebudgera park in April 2016.
Police confirmed today a 19-year-old Tallebudgera man has now also been charged with two counts of arson, along with a 20 year-old Coolangatta man who has been charged with one count of arson.
Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Aubort said members of the community played a key role in assisting detectives with their inquiries on the matter.
“This event not only caused significant physical damage to the school, it impacted its students, staff and the wider community and it is satisfying to be in a position where the matter is now before the courts,” Detective Senior Sergeant Aubort said.
“We would like to thank each and every member of the public who came forward and shared information with police throughout this protracted investigation.”
The matter will return to the Southport Magistrates Court on January 15.